Member since: Jan 2014 • Company Status: LTD Company Check
Services: Contract Catering Services for Schools, Contract Catering Services for Colleges, Contract Catering Services for Business & Industry, Contract Catering Services for Health Care
Regions: England, Wales
Recommending School: William Edwards School, Clays, Essex
Catering Academy was formed in 2004 by three Founder Directors, Louise Wymer, Kevin Cannon and Stacey Rose.
The three Founder Directors worked together previously for a smaller, very successful independent catering company that was acquired by a large multi national organisation.
With no wish to return to the restrictive world of corporate life with individualism and personal success neither encouraged nor rewarded, the Directors decided to venture forward with their own company and Catering Academy was born.
Catering Academy continues to grow solidly, year on year and in 2012 turned over in excess of £24 million.
The company’s strength comes through continuous investment in its team members and resources allowing it to retain current contracts and win new business.
Our Area Managers look after no more than 10 contracts and each has a Support Chef Manager to aid in the running of their business.
This ensures our Area Managers have the time to deliver support to Catering Academy Team Members, our Clients and customers in making a real difference to our service at each contract visit.
We believe that a vital element of our success is our team members.
We passionately believe in ‘personally delivering excellence’ and this is underpinned with our company values;
- Passionate about fresh food and great service.
- Team Academy’s strength comes from every individual taking personal responsibility.
- Collectively recognising and celebrating success.
- Delivering consistent improvements with a ‘can do’ attitude.
- Open and honest communication at all levels.
We have been recognised by a number of industry bodies for delivering excellent food and service provision to the education sector.
Most recently, we were awarded ‘Contract Caterer of the Year 2011’ at the EduCatering Awards and recently one of our Team Members won Catering Establishment of the Year with EduCatering magazine.
We have also been awarded the following:
- 2007 HSBC/ SKY BUSINESS Start Up Stars National Finalist
- Veuve Clicquot ‘Business Women of the Year Awards’ - Louise Wymer one of our Founder Directors was one of the four finalists
- Awarded the ‘One to Watch 2012’ accreditation by Best Companies for 2 consecutive years
- Awarded the SAFEcontractor accreditation in recognition of the SAFEcontractor health and safety standards
Our unrestricted purchasing policy ensures our teams have access to a wide range of locally sourced and speciality foods.
It also ensures that we achieve our company mandate of providing 90% fresh food in all of our contracts.
Catering Academy recognises the importance of ‘giving back’ and supports a number of charitable initiatives.
This includes supporting the NEMA Foundation by providing school children with school lunches at a school in Mozambique.
We also work with one of our suppliers, Peros, to support the ‘One’ initiative by selling a large range of ‘One’ products across our contracts.
SAFE Contractor • CHAS Accredited contractor
Trade Bodies & Memberships
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Educatering Contract Caterer of the Year • Educatering Contract Manager of the Year • Fast Track 100 2009 • Fast Track 100 2010
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“Catering Academy have transformed my school's catering offering. The menu is fantastic. The service is now loved by students, staff and parents. A great company always quick to respond to challenges work with the school.”
Peter Melville, School Business Director, William Edwards School